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Herb Wong
March 18, 1926 - April 20, 2014
Menlo Park, California

Tags: teacher/educator, arts/media

Easter Sunday this year saw the passing of Herb Wong, 88, a long-time Menlo Park resident renowned internationally as a jazz expert and educator. A mysterious box sparked Mr. Wong's lifelong fascination with jazz. As young boys, he and his brother Elwood had just moved with their parents to Stockton when a package arrived on the doorstep, addressed to the former occupant. "As any boys would,...

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Mary S. Brabant
June 24, 1931 - April 17, 2014
Pinedale, Wyoming

Tags: public service

Mary Sullivan Brabant passed away peacefully on April 17. She was born Mary Teresa Sullivan on June 24, 1931, in Detroit. Her parents, Michael Joseph Sullivan from Lacca, County Kerry, and Cecelia Elizabeth Moran from Roskeen, County Mayo, had emigrated from Ireland in the 1920s and settled in Detroit. Mary had an older brother, John, and a younger sister, Noreen. A child of the Depression and the...

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Jerry A. Romano
April 22, 1933 - April 10, 2014
Palo Alto, Calif., California
Jerry A. Romano (80) of Palo Alto, Calif., passed away on April 10 from heart failure. He grew up in his never-to-be-forgotten Monkey Corner neighborhood in Malden, Mass. His affection for this area led to his authorship in 2006 of the book "Monkey Corner: Life on the Outside Looking In." He wrote about the life-lasting influences this poor, blue-collar neighborhood had on his life's adventures...

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Leta Skaug Miller
Sept. 30, 1923 - April 9, 2014
Palo Alto, Calif., California

Tags: public service

Leta Skaug Miller, a resident of Palo Alto, passed away at Stanford Hospital on April 9, 2014, with many of her family at her bedside. She was born on Sept. 30, 1923, in Fargo, N.D., the second of three sisters. She spent her childhood and young adulthood in Rio Linda, Calif., at that time a small farm town, near Sacramento. She married her childhood sweetheart, James. W. Skaug, on Nov. 14, 1942,...

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Ruth Ann Donnelly
June 25, 1931 - April 7, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Ruth Ann Donnelly, a resident of Palo Alto, passed away on April 7, 2014. She was 82. Ruth was born in Worchester, Mass., on June 25, 1931, graduated from Norwood High School in 1948, and finished her education at Bridgewater Teachers College, earning a bachelor's of science degree in Education. She moved to Palo Alto in 1958. Ruth taught 35 years in the Palo Alto School District. After reti...

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Warren Jack Kidder
July 18, 1935 - April 6, 2014
Grass Valley, California

Tags: business

Warren Jack Kidder, 75, sadly has passed on April 6 of this year. He was born July 18, 1935, in Palo Alto and attended Mayfield School, Jordan Jr. High and Palo Alto High Schools. "Jack" was employed by the County of San Mateo as a draftsman for 12 years before he became part owner with Elmer Berliner, changing the name of the business to Berliner, Kidder and bringing in Stan Tish many years later...

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Carol Stewart Hyde
June 16, 1960 - April 2, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Carol Stewart Hyde, 53, died of a tragic fall while hiking with her family in Sedona, Ariz., on April 2. Despite the heroic efforts of witnesses, first responders and the trauma unit at Flagstaff Medical Center, where she had been transported by ambulance, Carol succumbed to her extensive injuries several hours after the accident occurred. Born and raised in Palo Alto, Carol graduated from Cubb...

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Frank Pasqua
Feb. 6, 1927 - April 1, 2014
Menlo Park, California
Frank Pasqua, 87, peacefully passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at his home in Menlo Park, CA. He is survived by his wife, Connie, his daughter Margaret and her husband Rich and their children Domenic and Mario, his son Joe and his wife Mary. Frank also leaves behind two brothers and a large extended family in the Bay Area and Sicily. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the nurses an...

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Patricia C. Schnier
Nov. 4, 1923 - April 1, 2014
Apple Valley, California
Patricia Schnier was an active member in the Woodside horse community between 1957-1979. She raised her family in Woodside and loved it very much. She was active in the horsemen's association and PTA. In 1979 she and Bob moved to Brooks in Yolo County on a 60 acre almond ranch. Pat had all the space to breed and raise her thoroughbred race horses. In 1984 her son Bobby was lost at sea. H...

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Frances Hogan
Jan. 15, 1928 - March 31, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Frances B. Hogan passed away peacefully on Monday, March 31, 2014, surrounded by her loving family and caregivers at her longtime home in Palo Alto. Born Jan. 15, 1928, in Portland, Ore., to John and Martha Beckwith, Fran spent her childhood years in the Portland area. In the late 1930s, the Beckwith family built a vacation cabin in central Oregon which soon became Fran's favorite place on ear...

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Christopher Lionel James Sr.
Feb. 23, 1967 - March 23, 2014
East Palo Alto, California
Christopher Lionel James Sr. was born on February 23, 1967, in San Francisco, Calif., to LeGatha King. The younger of two siblings, Christopher, who was lovingly known as Charley Rigby, was raised in San Francisco and South San Francisco. He attended Cleveland, Bret Harte and West Borough Elementary and Junior High Schools. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1984. Needless to say, he was a d...

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Florence Eugenie Kashian
Aug. 13, 1918 - March 23, 2014
Menlo Park, California
Florence Eugenie Megerdichian Kashian, a 45 year resident of Menlo Park, passed away on March 23, at the age of 95. The daughter of Armenian immigrants, Florence was born in Boston, Massachusetts, as the older of two children, and grew up in Braintree and Cambridge. She studied voice and piano at the New England Conservatory in Boston, which led to a life filled with music and performance. She...

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Irma Kerstin Doherty
June 17, 1938 - March 23, 2014
San Carlos, California
Irma died peacefully at her home in San Carlos on Sunday, March 23, at the age of 75. Irma grew up in Varberg, Sweden. She moved to San Diego with her husband Patrick in 1961. She had three children, Mark, Glenn and Christine, whom she raised in Palo Alto. Irma worked as a tax preparer for 27 years in the Woodside Road office of H&R Block in Redwood City. She served as office supervisor and tax...

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Lawrence W. Johnson
Aug. 14, 1924 - March 22, 2014
Los Altos, California

Tags: veteran

Lawrence Johnson, a Hewlett-Packard materials engineer, has died at age 89. He died on March 22, at peace in his home in Los Altos, with his children at his side, surrounded by the jazz music he loved. Larry was born in 1924 and grew up in Washington, D.C., son of Aaron G. Johnson, a Department of Agriculture cereal crops scientist and Ruth M. (Westcott) Johnson, a studied pianist and loving ho...

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George N. Browning
April 21, 1926 - March 22, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service, veteran

George Browning was a long time resident of Palo Alto; he died while staying with his son in Atascadero, Calif. George was born in San Francisco, and served at the end of WWII. He then attended the University of California at Berkeley. Upon graduation he was hired by Varian Corporation where he worked for 37 years. Upon retirement George took on many civic activities in Palo Alto. He volunteere...

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Dorothy Lucile Canrinus
Feb. 8, 1915 - March 21, 2014
Los Altos, California
Dorothy Canrinus (nee Tonietti) was born in San Francisco, the daughter of Italian immigrants, Simon Tonietti and Mary Marengo Tonietti. She grew up in Los Gatos with her grandmother, Lucia Marengo, and her uncle, Vincent Marengo. After graduating from Los Gatos High School, she attended San Jose State College where she received a secondary teaching credential and a first at tennis. She taught in ...

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John Joseph Stulak
Oct. 30, 1954 - March 21, 2014
Mountain View, California

Tags: business

John Stulak, age 59, passed away at his residence in Mountain View on Friday, March 21. The cause of John's death was a heart attack according to the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office. Friends and family insist that John's death was sudden and unexpected. John will be missed and remembered by many people. John was knowledgeable and caring. He loved working as a real estate broker. He also was...

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Henry Arthur Eimstad
July 18, 1920 - March 20, 2014
San Diego, California

Tags: veteran

Henry 'Hank' Arthur Eimstad, Jr., passed away on Thursday March 20, 2014 in San Diego. He was born on July 18, 1920 to Henry Arthur Eimstad, Sr. and his wife, Barbara in Butte, Mont. He spent most of his early years in Portland, Ore. He joined the Boy Scouts and achieved their highest honor of Eagle Scout in 1936, before graduating from Lincoln High School in 1938. He enlisted in the Navy an...

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